Welcome in the festive season at a special after-hours event celebrating our exhibition Young Poland: An Arts & Crafts Movement (1890-1918). Join a free tour (in English and Polish), try your hand at Polish crafts with artist Karolina Merska and enjoy live music from saxophonist Emma Rawicz and DJ Adrian Magrys.
Our café and bar at The Larder will be open all evening for festive food and refreshments. Enjoy mince pies with mulled wine and spiced apple winter warmer. Or try some Polish Tyskie beer with ‘Cebularz lubelski‘ a delicious Polish snack of sweet and buttery bread with onion and poppy seeds.
And you can find the perfect Morris-inspired Christmas present in our gift shop. Plus, be the first to see the Gallery illuminated as part of Light Up Waltham Forest, a series of enchanting light installations across the borough.
Emma Rawicz is an award winning young saxophonist and composer, already making waves on the UK music scene. She has been described as 'a force to be reckoned with' (Jazzwise) and 'a fast rising star' (London Jazz News). At the age of 19 she has already recorded her eagerly awaited debut album featuring Ant Law, made up entirely of her original compositions, due to be released in early 2022. A new arrival on the scene, she has already made an impact, regularly playing at multiple major jazz venues including Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express and The Jazz Cafe with a wide range of established musicians. Emma is a recipient of the 2021 Drake Yolanda Award.
Adrian Magrys is a DJ, promoter, music manager and record collector. Project co-ordinator for You Need This – Eastern European Sound (1970-1986) – Lanquidity, If Music and Ninja Tune collaboration. Co-owner of London based Lanquidity Records.
Karolina Merska is an artist and owner of Folka, a shop in Stoke Newington specialising in modern craft, folklore and handmade work from around the world. She is also the author of 'Making Mobiles - Create beautiful Polish pajaki from natural materials.' Pajaki are traditional Polish straw and paper chandeliers and their history dates back to the 18th century.
Details of the Curator Tours:
There are 4 slots to choose from, with 2 in English and 2 in Polish. Please book here to guarantee your space.
- The 6.15pm and 7.15pm tours will be in English with Roisin Inglesby, curator at the William Morris Gallery
- The 6.45pm and 7.45pm tours will be in Polish with Julia Griffin, Young Poland project curator
Please make sure you have selected the right time for your chosen language.
Please arrive five minutes before the start of your tour and sign in at the welcome desk.
Note: It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in the shop area, unless you are exempt. We encourage you to wear a face covering in all other exhibition and display areas.